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Paul Joseph Kleinsasser

Elk Creek Colony Paul Joseph Kleinsasser, 70, of Elk Creek Colony, died of lung failure Friday, Nov. 9, at his home surrounded by family.



Funeral service is 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Elk Creek Colony with burial at Elk Creek Colony Cemetery.



Paul was born May 26, 1942, in Raymond, Alberta, Canada, to Joseph and Susie Kleinsasser. He was only 5 years old when the family moved to Milford Colony, Augusta, Mont., where he resided until February of 2011. From there he moved to Elk Creek Colony and resided there until his passing.



Paul was a professional hog manager for a lot of years at Milford Colony, always striving to do the best he could for the good of his colony. When his health failed him and he resigned from his hog manager's position, he continued to serve his colony wherever help was needed, to the best of his ability.



Paul married Annie J. Hofer from Rose Town Colony, Saskatchewan, Canada, on Dec. 13, 1970. They had a happy life together until March 21, 2001, when Paul lost his beloved wife to cancer. They had one son, Ted, who also resides at the Elk Creek Colony with his wife, Rebecca, and their four children.



Paul married his present wife, Esther Hofer, on Dec 11, 2005. She hails from Alliance, Alberta, Canada. During these past few years of Paul's health failing progressively, Esther has been there for him and never left his side, especially during the past few months.



Paul is survived by his wife Esther; his son Ted (Rebecca) and their four children Ted Jr, Tyler, Marianne and Amy; brothers Willliam, John, Peter of Elk Creek Colony and Joseph of Hidden Lake Colony; sisters Magdalena Hofer of Springdale Colony, Susie Wipf of Riverview Colony, Annie Hofer of Milford Colony and Mary Wipf of Martinsdale Colony; numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends from all over.



He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph J. and Susie Kleinsasser and his first wife Annie.



Everyone that ever knew Paul had a friend for life. He will be missed immensely by all.



Condolences to the family may be left at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com.


Published in Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 11, 2012
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